Top 8 women leaders changing the world in 2022

We’re shining the spotlight on 8 incredible women in leadership positions – all of whom feature in our recently-released Top 100 Leaders magazine

Following the recent release of our Top 100 Leaders magazine, we wanted to celebrate just a few of the women featured, who are doing their bit to make the world a better place. In no particular order, find our top 8 leaders who have changed the world for the better this year.

08: Leanne Pittsford

American entrepreneur Leanne Pittsford is the name behind Lesbians Who Tech and Allies, the largest LGBTQ professional community in the world. Leanne found Lesbians Who Tech in a bid to create more networking opportunities and increase visibility for lesbians and queer women in the sector. The organisation grew from 30 people at the first happy hour meeting in San Francisco to over 30,000 queer women and allies in 40+ cities.

07: Anada Lakra

BoldVoice co-founder and CEO Anada Lakra is on a mission to empower every non-native speaker to find their most confident voice, with the help of expert accent coaching content and speech AI. Prior to this role, Anada built and brought to market five products in both enterprise and consumer, across verticals including retail, media, entertainment, and recruitment.

06: Louise Hill

Financial entrepreneur Louise Hill is on a mission to teach millions of kids how to be good with money. Louise founded gohenry in 2012 with two other parents as there were no resources teaching children how to manage finances in an increasingly digital world. She says: “My aim at gohenry is to show that financial education can be fun, practical and help with the transition into adulthood.”

05: Dr Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native, as well as the co-founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for coastal cities. Prior to this role, she was executive director of the Waitt Institute and taught as an adjunct professor at New York University. Dr Ayana is also the co-creator of the Spotify/Gimlet podcast How to Save a Planet.

04: Angela Hwang

Having been with Pfizer for over 25 years, Angela Hwang has worked across all geographies and therapeutic areas, currently holding the position of Pfizer Biopharmaceuticals Group and Pfizer Executive Team Member Group President.

Angela is also a member of the Board of Directors of UPS, the global leader in supply chain logistics and package delivery, EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations), and the Pfizer Foundation.

03: Catherine Fiamma MacGregor

As an engineering graduate, Catherine Fiamma MacGregor has spent most of her career in the energy industry, in Africa, Europe, USA and Asia. Catherine has a strong industry culture and is committed to working with teams to meet the challenges ahead. As the CEO of ENGIE, Catherine is passionate about accelerating the energy transition. Prior to this role, Catherine held positions at TechnipFMC and Schlumberger.

02: Francesca Hodgson

A cashless society is having a negative impact on the charity sector – Francesca Hodgson founded GoodBox, in a bid to combat this. For her dedication to GoodBox, Francesca was awarded a scholarship to the University of Cambridge. Prior to GoodBox, Francesca worked at BGC Partners LP, a global broking firm where she headed the department responsible for CSR and the annual charity day.

01: Dr Naike Moshi

Naike Moshi is a strategic, innovative leader with a proven track record of building and creating successful business products and services. With a strong academic background, experience, creative problem-solving skills, and an innovative mind, Naike has been instrumental in creating an impact within her area of expertise. She is the Country Director of CVPeople Tanzania and the founder and CEO of Women in Management Africa.


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